Twice in the past week I’ve seen posts by weight loss/fitness bloggers in which the writer makes it a point to say something along the lines of “this post has nothing to do with health, weight loss or fitness.”
These particular posts were about issues that were causing them emotional distress. In response to one, I wrote, “…this post has EVERYTHING to do with health…I am a HUGE believer in getting this kind of stuff out. It is GOOD for our health AND fitness. Seriously.”
And that is why I do this…it’s why I tend to write about stuff that seemingly has nothing to do with health, weight loss and fitness.
When I started this blog, I didn’t have a clear-cut mission. I just wanted a place to express myself and to chronicle what I hoped would be significant weight loss. So I guess, at first, I considered myself a weight loss blogger, although I didn’t write (much) about food intake and exercise plans. I wrote about the struggle.
At some point along the way, I realized that what I was doing here was exploring more universal themes and applying them to weight loss. I believed (and still do) that exploring these themes, while not directly and obviously related to weight loss, would result in weight loss.
It turns out that I was right, at least for me.
Simply put, blogging is the most powerful and profound body/mind/spirit-healing tool in my life. For sure there have been other tools and modalities: traditional counseling, alternative therapies like EFT and Ro-Hun, and naturopathic medicine, to name a few. But it’s the writing and sharing that brought me the awareness I needed to be able to take advantage of those other things. I have also found that the process of expressing myself is a form of self-acceptance, which has led to me wanting to do the right things for my health.
While I think this blog falls into the category of weight loss, fitness, and health, it doesn’t fall neatly into those categories. I rarely write “how to” but more about my own experiences and lessons I’ve learned, AS I was learning them. My book, AFTER (the before & after) is the same way.
Lately I’ve been wondering if I should change things around here and I’d like some feedback: do you find what I write about, and how I write about it, to be helpful? Would you prefer me to spell out more of the “how to”? And if so, what specifically?